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Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more


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How can a patient as well as their family and friends be helped with coping with sickle cell anemia?

How can a patient as well as their family and friends be helped with coping with sickle cell anemia?

Start with the doc: Good question! if you are fortunate to have a comprehensive sickle cell program or organization, in your area, a phone call or visit to an event can help establish a connection. Some programs have dedicated social workers who work with family and friends to help with psychological and social aspects of the disease. If "coping" means specific problems, start with the hematologist and his staff. ...Read more

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Does pple with hypo thyroid have d same bad temper flare as those with hyper thyroid?

Does pple with hypo thyroid have d same bad temper flare as those with hyper thyroid?

Thyroid and psyche: In general, hypothyroidism leaves you more fatigued, depressed, with a slow psyche, and hyperthyroidism has you more "buzzy". However there is much variation. There are many psychological issues with hypothyroidism, including bad temper. Either hypo or hyper can worsen preexisting psychological problems. Life changing events (eg crime, divorce, etc) can occur in people with thyroid disorders. ...Read more

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Is depression and anxiety typical in people with thyroid issues?

Is depression and anxiety typical in people with thyroid issues?

Thyroidopathy issues: Symptoms of DEPRESSED or ANXIOUS mood which are new OR which have never been truly "worked up" as opposed to being "Diagnosed By Appearance", which I call DBA, should ALWAYS be checked for thyroidopathies by getting at least a TSH & FT4 level. Be happy to answer more questions at: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi to set up a real time visit or answer more questions. Thanks so much for the ask-GO CAVS! ...Read more

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What kinds of health issues are associated with living with dogs?

What kinds of health issues are associated with living with dogs?

Health issues w dogs: Dogs may pass on: Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Trichenella & Giardia. There is potential for dog bites or scratches. Allergic reaction to pet dander is not uncommon. ...Read more

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How to cope with living with someone with mental illness?

How to cope with living with someone with mental illness?

Mental Illness: Coping with living with someone who is mentally ill, depends on what type of illness this person has. National alliance on mental illness has lots of helpful information for families and significant others: http://www.Nami.Org/ also there may be support groups in your community. Ask your doctor and/or your relative's psychiatrist/nurses, etc. Be well! ...Read more

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TSH is 5.21 FT4 and FT3 are normal Having symptoms of low thyroid, have well controlled lupus, hashimotos runs in my family Treat with meds or watch?

TSH is 5.21 FT4 and FT3 are normal Having symptoms of low thyroid, have well controlled lupus, hashimotos runs in my family Treat with meds or watch?

Hypothyroidism: An elevated TSH and normal FT4 is possibly due to subclinical hypothyroidism. What type of symptoms are you having exactly? Your doctor should check basic blood work to make sure there is no other explanation for your symptoms. A good physical exam of your thyroid to reveal any nodules, or goiter is very important. Thyroiditis is definitely a possibility. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with thyroid disease at 9 years presented as hyperthyroidism and then converted to hypothyroidism. Main concern is mood changes, have done lots of research nothing that links mood changes and thyroid disease. Endocrinologist has never compromise

Diagnosed with thyroid disease at 9 years presented as hyperthyroidism and then converted to hypothyroidism. Main concern is mood changes, have done lots of research nothing that links mood changes and thyroid disease. Endocrinologist has never compromise

Mood changes: Mood changes can be directly related to hormonal levels. Very high thyroid levels mimic anxiety/agitation; very low levels mimic depression. Thyroid levels are measured by lab tests (T3, T4). If you are now hypothyroid, your endocrinologist can rx thyroid hormone to take orally to bring your levels to normal. Mood changes are more likely due to other hormone levels, and interactions are complex. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with thyroid disease at 9 years presented as hyperthyroidism and then converted to hypothyroidism. Main concern is mood changes, have done lots of research nothing that links mood changes and thyroid disease. Endocrinologist has never compromise

Diagnosed with thyroid disease at 9 years presented as hyperthyroidism and then converted to hypothyroidism. Main concern is mood changes, have done lots of research nothing that links mood changes and thyroid disease. Endocrinologist has never compromise

Thyroid and mood: Hyperthyroidism often causes anxiety. Hypothyroidism can lead to several psychiatric problems, most commonly depression. There can also be cognitive (thinking) impairment, and in severe (and rare) cases, psychosis. Correcting the thyroid imbalance usually corrects the changes in mood and thinking. ...Read more

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Hi. Can a person loose their qualifications for a kidney transplant if they are diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression and anxiety?

Hi. Can a person loose their qualifications for a kidney transplant if they are diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression and anxiety?

Kidney transplant: Yes.if you are not able to care for yourself well after the transplant they will prob want to give life to another person. But would have to be a very severe problem I would think. ...Read more

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Can someone with type 2 diabetes live a normal life span and be resonably healthy?

Can someone with type 2 diabetes live a normal life span and be resonably healthy?

If: You diet, exercise, lose weight, control risk factors, normalize glucose, get educated and good medical advice, take the proper medication, prevent complications == you can lead a totally normal life. ...Read more

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How often should one with stable lupus and secondary sjogrens with no organ involvement see their rheumatologist?

How often should one with stable lupus and secondary sjogrens with no organ involvement see their rheumatologist?

3-4 months: This depends on the prior history of your disease, current medications , and current symptoms. Some mecications require more frequent monitoring. Prior problems may require a closer watch. In general 3-4 months if your only medication is plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and you are stable. ...Read more

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Can you live a normal active life with spondylosis? Like triathlons and other activities?

Can you live a normal active life with spondylosis? Like triathlons and other activities?

Arthritis: Spondylosis refers to arthritis of the spine due to wear and tear and afflicts many people. Your activity capabilities depend on the extent of loss of flexibility and degree of pain which would put limits on your performance. This is different from spondylitis which is a more inflammatory process requiring more aggressive therapy and usually limits activities much more severely and is rarer. ...Read more

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Why are mental healthy symptoms connected with pituitary disorders?

Why are mental healthy symptoms connected with pituitary disorders?

Hormone imbalance: The pituitary controls most of the hormones of the body. When the hormones are out of balance then there can be changes in mood and behavior. The levels of hormones can be carefully monitored and adjusted. If the mood problems continue to be severe, then a more basic mood disorder must be considered. A thorough evaluation by your physician would be appropriate. ...Read more

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If someone in their 70's has kidney failure, double pneumonia and liver and heart trouble as well as colitis and dehydration, recovery possible?

If someone in their 70's has kidney failure, double pneumonia and liver and heart trouble as well as colitis and dehydration, recovery possible?

Will to live: It is possible to recover. Okay to talk to your docs about your recovery. It will be a team effort and the patient's desire/will to recover is the most important factor. Don't give up. ...Read more

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Why aren't there pituitary gland transplants, either with living or deceased people?

Why aren't there pituitary gland transplants, either with living or deceased people?

Sorry, not there yet: Too complex to work with currently, but stem cell research proceeds. Maybe a few years?? ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

A condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine, accelerating the body's metabolism, causing weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, ...Read more